The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) is offering one merit-based scholarship, for $40,000 ($10,000 per year for four years), to high school seniors who have participated on a 2021 FIRST® Robotics Competition Team or a 2021 National Robotics League (NRL) Competition Team and used fluid power in the challenge design or on the competition robot (pneumatics). This scholarship may be utilized for an Engineering course of study at any United States tech school/college or university that holds accredited status. Three (3) finalists will be chosen from essay entries. Phone interviews with the finalists will determine the ultimate scholarship winner.
To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:
- Be a senior in high school for the 2020-2021 school year.
- Have participated on a team during the 2021 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC®) or 2021 National Robotics League (NRL) Competition.
- Provide evidence that your 2021 FRC or NRL team used pneumatics on its competition robot.
- Provide proof of enrollment in an accredited tech school/college/university Engineering program every year for renewal.
- Maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale at the accredited tech school/college/university.
Submission of Scholarship Application:
- A completed NFPA Online Application.
- A 1,000 word or less essay to the NFPA 2021 Challenge Question:
Please choose one of the below essay questions:
- 2021 FIRST Essay Question: What is the most important fluid power concept you learned in your design for the 2021 FIRST Robotics Competition, how did this discovery influence the challenge you chose and its final design? Include specific details about the fluid power concepts you used in your design and explain how these concepts were better suited than other options. How did the impact of COVID 19 affect your design choices or the build process?
- 2021 NRL Essay Question: What was the most important fluid power concept you learned in working on your robot this year? How did this discovery influence the design you chose? Include specific details about the fluid power components you used in your design this year and explain how these components were better than other options. How did the impact of COVID-19 affect your design choices and build process?
- A 1,000 word or less letter of recommendation from an adult mentor/coach on your FIRST or NRL team which MUST CONFIRM the following:
- The use of fluid power in your challenge design or on the competition robot (pneumatics). Even if competitions are cancelled this year, please confirm the plan to use fluid power in your design choice or build process.
- And your participation in the 2021 FRC or NRL season.
- Will be judged by a panel of NFPA association members.
Rules and Regulations
- Scholarships will be paid directly to a recipient’s educational institution.
Applications are due May 1, 2021 (Midnight - Central Standard Time). Scholarship Award Winner will be notified in July.